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SS Obersturmbannführer Ain-Ervin Mere

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SS Obersturmbannführer Ain-Ervin Mere

Postby Griffin brigade on 25 May 2010 22:16

Can anyone help me with what post SS Obersturmbannführer Ain-Ervin Mere held in early December 1944 and why he was in Posen in Poland ?

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Re: SS Obersturmbannfuhrer Ain-Ervin Mere

Postby Phil Nix on 26 May 2010 11:12

i can find no trace of an officer with this name in any DAL
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Re: SS Obersturmbannführer Ain-Ervin Mere

Postby Dieter Zinke on 26 May 2010 11:32

SS-Ostubaf. Ain Mere, * 22.03.1903,
00.06.44 Kommandeur I./SS-Waffen-Grenadier-Regiment 46

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Re: SS Obersturmbannführer Ain-Ervin Mere

Postby Peter on 26 May 2010 14:18

Ain Mere settled in the UK postwar using the name Ervin Martson, he became a textile worker (Hosiery Knitter) living at 180 Mere Road, Leicester, and became a UK citizen n 15 May 1962. He died in Leicester in 1969.
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Re: SS Obersturmbannführer Ain-Ervin Mere

Postby history1 on 26 May 2010 17:33

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Re: SS Obersturmbannführer Ain-Ervin Mere

Postby Griffin brigade on 26 May 2010 21:37

Thanks guys i have a lot of info on Ain Mere's war service but was wondering why he was in Posen , he may at that time been serving with the SS ErsatzKommandos Estland but i'm not sure.

Peter i knew he lived , worked ,died and was buried in England but your knowledge of his address etc is very interesting , do you have any contact with any Estonian veterans in the UK ?

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Re: SS Obersturmbannführer Ain-Ervin Mere

Postby Panzermahn on 27 May 2010 04:05

I think he was in the SS Jagdeinsatze Estland but I am not sure..need to check my notes
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Re: SS Obersturmbannführer Ain-Ervin Mere

Postby Tapani K. on 29 May 2010 16:59

Hello,

in the Estonian-language page referred by history1 it is mentioned that Mere did indeed serve in the Ersatzkommando.
This short biography of Mere was, by the way, originally written by Jüri Remmelgas a former war correspondent of the 20. Estn. Kriegsberichter-Zug attached to the Estonian SS-Division. The text is, however, not credited to him on those pages; shame on them.

The additional text at the bottom of the page (Veel huvitavaid fakte) tells that, according to KGB files made public in the 1990´s, Mere had been an NKVD agent in the years 1940-41. His greatest achievement was that he informed the NKVD on an underground group aiming to overthrow the Soviet rule and form a new government. IIRC it has been claimed that Mere was deceiving the NKVD but I cannot remember any details or where I read it.

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Re: SS Obersturmbannführer Ain-Ervin Mere

Postby Griffin brigade on 30 May 2010 16:26

Thanks Tapani !!
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Re: SS Obersturmbannführer Ain-Ervin Mere

Postby Tapani K. on 01 Jun 2010 18:14

Hello,

I just read more carefully both the initial question of this thread and the Estonian language text on Mere : he was chief of staff of the Einsatzkommando.

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Re: SS Obersturmbannführer Ain-Ervin Mere

Postby Griffin brigade on 01 Jun 2010 21:01

Again thanks Tapani,

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